Kuwait’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has signed an agreement with an advisory body to complete a feasibility study on the privatisation of fixed telecoms networks through a public-private partnership project, TimesKuwait.com reports. MoC spokesperson Mishaal Al-Zaid said that the project had received significant attention from Rana Al-Faris, who holds the dual roles of Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology.
At a meeting with the Advisory Office on Investment & Development of the Telecommunications Sector attended by the Joint Committee of the Department of Public-Private Partnership Projects, the minister reportedly urged the agencies involved to ‘speed up work and overcome all obstacles’ to implement the project ‘as soon as possible’.
Al-Zaid said the latest step came after several meetings involving the MoC and partnership agencies to develop fixed telecoms networks, and falls within the ministry’s aspirations to provide new employment opportunities for Kuwaiti youth and boost national revenues in line with Kuwait’s Vision 2035.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database (GCD) notes that the MoC is Kuwait’s monopoly PSTN fixed voice network operator and the owner of national DSL and fibre broadband networks to which it facilitates wholesale access for ISPs. GCD adds that in August 2019 the Higher Council for Privatisation was reportedly part-way through a feasibility study for privatising the MoC’s fixed telecoms operating division, but it has taken more than three years for further developments on the issue to emerge.